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Sneef Sep 3, 2013 09:39 AM

If you were to name two companies that make the best Food Processors, who would they be?

IE: If we were asking who makes the best blenders, Vitamix would surely be on many peoples list, who are the king/s of food processor manufacturing.

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  1. JayL Sep 3, 2013 10:15 AM

    Robot Coupe

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      TeRReT Sep 3, 2013 10:58 AM

      Agreed. Robot coupe is the vitaprep of processors. No question about it.

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        Sneef Sep 4, 2013 06:49 PM

        Clearly the Robot Coupe is the premium go-to food processor for commercial use, they look really industrial.

        I was actually meaning for home use, and you must forgive me because i was not aware chow had so many pro/commercial users.

        If you were to try and get an easy to clean food processor for home use, but one that will last for 10 years not 10 uses... and perhaps a few hundred less than the prices for Robot Coupe... any suggestions?

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          TeRReT Sep 5, 2013 10:43 AM

          Try checking out restaurant supply stores, they sometimes have used ones for sale, don't worry, even used it will outlive you.

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            Sneef Sep 5, 2013 12:51 PM

            I do not have this luxury. I am not in the USA. I am not in a civilized and normal country. I live in Asia where they would rather use junk.

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            missybean Sep 5, 2013 02:47 PM

            Try looking for Magimix. It is the home version of the Robot Coupe. Still manufactured by RC in France.

            http://www.magimix.com/index.php?rid=350

            Missy

        2. Delucacheesemonger Sep 3, 2013 11:10 AM

          Agree completely, Robot Coupe is my first and second choice.

          1. Candy Sep 3, 2013 01:30 PM

            Consumer Reports just rated the new FP from Breville at the top of their list. I bought the Cuisinart Elite with a 14 C Bowl, an 8, and a 4. It is very powerful and they have almost eliminated the spill over problem. I can now do a lot more liquids in it.

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              JayL Sep 3, 2013 03:48 PM

              List of what exactly?

              The OP asked for the best.

              If the OP would like to limit the answers, they need to re-word their question.

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                Candy Sep 4, 2013 11:50 AM

                Food processors, the OP wasn't asking about toasters.

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                  JayL Sep 4, 2013 06:31 PM

                  Of course food processors...but I doubt CR tested all, or even the best. And that was my point.

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                BobB Sep 23, 2013 09:20 AM

                That doesn't surprise me - I own three Breville appliances (smart oven, stand mixer, and juicer) and they are far and away the best made, best performing versions of these items I've ever used. I have a 30 year old Cuisinart food processor that's still going strong, but if it ever dies I'll be taking a close look at the Breville.

              3. greygarious Sep 3, 2013 01:37 PM

                I have a very old Cuisinart, made by Robot Coupe, that I would not trade for anything. But it's my understanding that Cuisinart FPs are no longer made by RC. Same deal as the original Kitchen Aid mixers, made by Hobart. Took me a long time to get a good deal on one on eBay.

                1. Chemicalkinetics Sep 3, 2013 04:44 PM

                  Most agree that Robot Coupe is the best, but theirs may be overkill for many home cooks.

                  It like buying a Formula 1 racer for your next car.

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                    VongolaDecimo Sep 3, 2013 05:14 PM

                    It may be overkill but I find them on ebay often going for less than top of line consumer food processors.

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                      JayL Sep 3, 2013 07:35 PM

                      Again, the OP asked for the best without giving us the intended use.

                      Overkill for home use? Yes, but I like overkill.

                      I have an R2 in my cupboard.

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                        Chemicalkinetics Sep 4, 2013 11:48 AM

                        :D

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                          Sneef Sep 4, 2013 06:42 PM

                          I was not thinking when i posted, i am so used to Amazon where everyone will assume it is for home use.

                          It is indeed for home use, but i want the best and this Robot Coupe certainly gets a repeated +++ from people.

                          Home use, but i tend to buy commercial grade stuff for my home.

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                          hambone Sep 4, 2013 11:45 AM

                          I don't know much about mixers but for anyone not racing Formula 1 that car is not overkill, it is the wrong car. You can't drive the kids home, pick up groceries and in NYC you'll get stuck on a speed bump or a pot hole within three or four blocks.

                          My point is, is the Robot Coupe like the Formula 1 or is it just a much better machine than home cooks really need BUT still the best food processor for a home cook?

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                            Chemicalkinetics Sep 4, 2013 11:55 AM

                            <My point is, is the Robot Coupe like the Formula 1 or is it just a much better machine than home cooks really need BUT still the best food processor for a home cook?>

                            That is an excellent point and you have pretty much hit the nail with this one. My original analogy was off, and you are correct. It is your latter suggestion:

                            better machine than home cooks really need BUT still the best

                            A Robot Coupe (aside from the price tag and the size) is a better machine for home cooks as well for professional.

                            Maybe a better example is a $100 Chosera sharpening stone vs a $20 sharpening stone. A $100 Chosera sharpening stone will yield better or equal result as a $20 sharpening stone. Is it worth the extra cost? Who knows.

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                              hambone Sep 4, 2013 12:22 PM

                              I think the fair follow up from the peanut gallery (me) might then be, 1. is there a second best which is worth noting (per original post) and 2. considering the needs of most chowhound home cooks, which food processor offers the best value (for arguments sake: value = cost/utility)

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                                Sneef Sep 5, 2013 02:21 AM

                                Yes, still hoping for a second choice.
                                Something for home user who likes quality.
                                Easy to clean and use.
                                Dishwasher safe.

                                Under $500

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                                  greygarious Sep 5, 2013 06:50 PM

                                  An OLD Cuisinart, from the Robot Coupe era, on eBay should be just the thing for you. http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-NOS-Vtg-N...

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                                    Sneef Sep 5, 2013 06:56 PM

                                    So this was made by Robot Coupe, for Cuisinart?

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                                      Sneef Sep 5, 2013 06:58 PM

                                      Would blades from a DLC 7 fit onto a DLC 10?

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                                        Susangria Sep 5, 2013 10:59 PM

                                        No, they wouldn't. The blades are proportionately sized for the different work bowls.

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                                        Sneef Sep 6, 2013 09:13 AM

                                        If i purchace an old Cuisinart from the Robot Coupe era... do i need to worry that the plastics are not BPA free?

                                        Anyone got any data?

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                                          Sneef Sep 6, 2013 01:45 PM

                                          Well i answered my own question.

                                          The Cuisinart DLC-10 which was Made in Japan, the one with Amber plastics, is NOT BPA-Free.

                                          One could buy an entire set of BPA Free replacement bowls/lid/pusher... but that is another $100.

                                          I think a Magimix by Robot Coupe will do me just fine, i think a 4200 should get me sorted out.

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                                            Susangria Sep 6, 2013 05:25 PM

                                            The Magimix sounds perfect. I have a DLC-7 Cuisinart which I love... but honestly, I am dying to get a dicing food processor. I may not be far behind!

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                              jenhen2 Sep 6, 2013 01:50 PM

                              Since you're asking about something besides the Robot Coupe, I would say that Cooks Illustrated likes the Kitchen Aid food processor. I believe it was top rated last time.

                              Personally, I prefer the Cuisenart. I have one that's about 10 years old and going strong (not made by robot coupe), but I lust after the bigger new ones. Someday, I will upgrade!

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                                emu48 Sep 22, 2013 08:28 PM

                                Robot Coupe or Cuisinart ... but used or new-old-stock Cuisinart (eBay!) Older Cuisinart processors were made in France or Japan. Robot Coupe is great, but finding accessories can be iffy. Current Cuisinart processors, at least those sold in the U.S., are Chinese. I recently had occasion to do a complete re-equip of my home kitchen. Ninety percent of the newly acquired small appliances and pots/pans/dishware are vintage stuff purchased via eBay or Etsy. Most of what is sold new today in America is Chinese crap ... and overpriced.

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